Let me start by thanking Rachel R on TripAdvisor for giving me the best piece of advice ever. Ao Nang, just a short ride from Krabi International Airport, is now quickly evolving its offer catering for increasingly demanding and more sophisticated tourists and backpackers alike.
With my base strategically established at the K-Bunk Hostel in Ao Nang, I was able to explore the area, especially Railey Beach ( Rai Leh ) , with extreme ease. With only a short walk and a 10 minute ride in longtail boat, Railey Beach proved to be a great photo spot, worth multiple visits, both in the morning and late afternoon. Rich in colour and texture, Railey East and Railey West offered different, though equally interesting vistas and viewpoints. Phra Nang Beach, on the other hand, offered rare beauty, asking nothing in return.
Come the evening, I occasionally found solace from the heat of the day and the weight of my photo backpack in cosy pubs featuring great live music performers.
All in all, my stay in Ao Nang was so delightful, thanks in no small measure to Nim and Baz of K-Bunk Hostel. They did their utmost to make me feel very welcome. I do miss their “unhealthy” breakfast, made of poached eggs, bacon, sausages, all washed down with complimentary coffee 🙂
Further south, on the Andaman coast, is Koh Lanta, a fairly big island, not overly developed, popular with those who value peace and quiet, rather than full-moon beach parties. Regrettably, due to a number of events I had to leave the island only after a few days, hence the few pictures.